Early on in my discovery of Korea, its culture and history, I became enamoured with Admiral Yi Sun Shin. He was to be my second favourite character or hero if you like in Korean history. The first of course being … Continue reading Admiral Yi Sun Shin Park: Tongyeong
I was asked by a friend what Korean literature was after telling her I was due to attend a book club later that evening at the Korean Cultural Centre. I paused, I was unable to give a specific answer. … Continue reading Korean Literature – the books that I have read!
Rabindranath Tagore, 1861 – 1941 poet, playwright, philosopher, composer, artist I was overjoyed to find a poem about Korea written by India’s most beloved poet; Rabindranath Tagore. He began writing poetry at the age of eight and published his first collection at the tender age of 16 under a pseudonym. Its my understanding that this poem came about on one of his many trips to Japan. He met a few Koreans there and promised to visit. However at this time it was not possible, so he wrote this poem instead. It was around 1929 I believe. In the golden … Continue reading The land of morning calm